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Special Report: Prospects for Democracy in the Northern Triangle (ISSN 17414474)

Prospects for Democracy in the Northern Triangle
The main idea we seek to examine in this report is quite simple...
A starting point is to ask how democratic the Northern Triangle countries are right now...
That the three Northern Triangle republics have formally democratic systems, despite their flaws and shortcomings, has to be seen as a positive...
Despite some improvements in recent years, the Northern Triangle countries continue to experience some of the highest murder rates anywhere in the world outside war zones...
Corruption has been a perennial problem across Latin America, and acutely so in the Northern Triangle countries...
The headline story for Latin America over the last 15 years is that, against the background of the global commodities boom (the decade running up to 2012-2013), there was significant growth and redistribution of income in some of the major economies, enhancing the size of the middle class, reducing poverty, and reducing inequalities (although Latin America still remains the region of the world with the most unequal distribution of income)...
The underlying rate of economic growth is an important element in the wider equation covering poverty and inequality...
Emigration is both a symptom of the Northern Triangle’s deeply embedded socio-economic problems, and a causal factor...
It is clear that as a group, the three Northern Triangle countries face an extremely difficult situation over the next few years...

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